Green smoothies are all the rage these days. They are all over health/fitness magazines and celebrities rave about them on Twitter. Whether you follow a vegan diet like Bob Harper or just wish to start the day off on the right foot, I encourage you to try adding leafy greens into your smoothies. Of course I am the farthest thing from a vegan, so my recipe includes plain yogurt but you are welcome to make Bob’s vegan version.
Since I’m pretty sure my marriage would come to a quick and abrupt halt if I handed my husband a green colored smoothie, I decided to make mine a little more man-friendly. Blueberries are the perfect disguise and provide additional antioxidants and vitamins with very few added calories. Bananas are great to keep on hand in the freezer for smoothies. When they start to get ripe, simply peel the banana and break in half. Store in small zip-lock baggie and pop it out the next time you need banana. In fact, I do the same thing with peeled ginger root which I add to this recipe to enhance the flavor of the blueberries.
I encourage you to experiment with this recipe. Add in protein powder, change up the berries, toss in avocado, alternate the leafy greens or even throw in some flax seed. The options are endless and I promise no one will notice or wonder if you added kale to their smoothie.
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- 1 ripe banana
- 1 c blueberries fresh or frozen
- 2 c chopped kale or other leafy green
- 1 c plain low fat yogurt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 2 packets stevia
- 2 handfuls ice
Place everything but the ice in a blender and puree until smooth.
Add ice and blend again for 1 minute or until smooth.
Excellent source of Vitamin A and C, good source of Calcium.